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5 Hotel Restaurants Worth Traveling For
Ready to travel by following your taste buds? Check out these forward-thinking dining spots.
Celebrated chefs, artisan cocktails and inventive menus are putting these leading hotel restaurants on the food-obsessed traveler's radar.(Getty Images)
Long gone are the days when guests dined at hotel restaurants out of necessity. With a growing number of inventive, top-rated dining establishments popping up at high-end properties across the globe, you can easily enjoy first-rate meals at diverse restaurants in nearby and far-off locales. From classic outposts helmed by celebrity chefs to upscale dining rooms with multi-course meals and craft cocktails, these hotel restaurants warrant a visit all on their own.
IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar
Sir Albert, Amsterdam
The Sir Albert Boutique Hotel is an upscale property located in the heart of Amsterdam. After exploring the city's world-renowned museums, shops and cafes, sit down for a memorable meal at IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar. Using an authentic Japanese robata grill, IZAKAYA's chefs create delectable and boundary-pushing dishes, such as lobster with wasabi pepper sauce and spicy Peruvian tuna on chips. IZAKAYA also stands out with its top-notch beverages. The restaurant offers unique house infused tonics and specialty concoctions filled with natural ingredients like the Jasmine Spark, made with white rum and Japanese shochu, fresh mint and Jasmine tea syrup. What's more, Sir Albert's interior design was conceptualized by the internationally recognized Baranowitz + Kronenberg Architecture, and draws inspiration from the five traditional Japanese elements: earth, water, wind, fire and heaven, creating a trendy and lively atmosphere for patrons.
David Burke fabric
Archer Hotel New York
The Archer Hotel's acclaimed restaurant, David Burke fabric, was created by notable chef David Burke. Featuring fresh seasonal food in an open kitchen in Midtown Manhattan's Garment District, the restaurant offers an eclectic globally influenced menu filled with small plates. Broken up into vegetarian, meat, fish and side dishes, the menu boasts scrumptious staples such as three-layer avocado dip, honey glazed pretzels, Hawaiian flatbread and lobster bisque soup dumplings. What's more, this cherished city hot spot is perched in the center of the buzzing Garment District, a stone's throw away from iconic New York City sights, such as Rockefeller Plaza, Bryant Park and Radio City Music Hall.
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Arnold's Grill & Garden Restaurant
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Düsseldorf
Arnold's Grill & Garden, the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Düsseldorf's on-site restaurant, serves a varied mix of dishes with a focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. After taking in the iconic Rhine River and checking out Düsseldorf's notable art collections, castles and canals, head to Arnold's Grill & Garden, where you can order from a menu that changes according to the season and includes entrees prepared with fresh ingredients grown in the hotel's very own garden. The menu offers everything from green thai chicken curry and Viennese veal to grilled salmon steak. And in the summertime, you can enjoy cocktails al fresco along the hotel bar's outdoor terrace.
Swissôtel The Stamford
Singapore, with its bounty of Michelin-starred dining spots and flourishing street food scene, beckons to traveling gourmands near and far. And this year, Singapore became the first Southeast Asian country to receive its own Michelin Guide. For a meal to remember, head to JAAN, an award-winning, 40-seat restaurant dishing out French cuisine in an intimate setting. The restaurant's name, JAAN, stems from the Sanskrit word for "bowl," and on the menu curated by Kirk Westaway, the recipient of the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 for Southeast Asia award, you'll find entrees such as crab dressed with caviar and line-caught snapper. Most recently, the restaurant was recognized on the 2016 list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.
E.B. Green's Steakhouse
Hyatt Regency Buffalo/ Hotel and Conference Center
E.B. Green's Steakhouse, an award-winning restaurant in Buffalo, New York, is the epitome of a sophisticated American steakhouse with polished brass fixtures and mahogany walls. Here, you can dig into prime hand-cut steaks and freshly caught seafood. Signature dishes include grilled oysters, charbroiled portobello mushrooms, filet mignon and wild-caught Alaskan black cod. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Buffalo, and sits within easy reach of top Buffalo attractions, museums, the Buffalo Botanical Gardens and even Niagara Falls.
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